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Our EC is (finally) replacing the guttering on the roof of the block as well as the decking on our balcony and our windows. We are on the eighth floor and to access the guttering they installed scaffolding along the length of our balcony with a hessian sheet behind it to catch anything dropped. All our rooms face the balcony so we spent 3 months living in semi darkness and unable to use the balcony.
The balcony is 13m long with an area of about 17 square metres.
We were given two days’ notice of the scaffolding install and told we had to remove everything on the balcony. This is a barbeque, table and chairs and 6 large pot plants and about 10 smaller ones. We were allowed to store this in the garage space but it is not secure and is not a good environment for plants.
The landlord was very helpful and offered to reduce the rent but seemed to have no idea what was going on. We refused the offer as we thought the works would be something we had some control over. But the building manager could not give us any idea how long we could expect the scaffolding to remain in place, although he says he is project managing these repairs.
Now that the scaffolding has gone, the builders treat our balcony like a building site while they prepare the ninth-floor balconies for painting. They occasionally wander up and down outside our bedroom window, move our balcony furniture around, and leave paint chips behind. I have asked the building manage/project manager that they give us 24 hours’ notice that they need to access our balcony and that they leave things as they find them, but he will not do so.
He says that the window and decking replacement will commence around mid-July but will be no more specific. He tells me that we will again have to move everything off the balcony but I have no reason to expect anything more than the two days’ notice he gave last time. We will again be unable to use the balcony for a period of time.
I have not given them permission to access the balcony which I thought was part of the premises we rent. But, as these repairs are being carried out by the EC, they seem to be treating it as common property.
Is there any way I can control when the builders will be wandering outside my bedroom window and can I have any say in when and how the rest of the work will be done?
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